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Weight And Life Expectancy
We hear it all the time…lose weight for your health. Few people, however, realize the extent to which this is critical to their physical well-being and ultimately their life expectancy.
In January 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association featured a study finding that obesity appears to lessen life expectancy, especially among young adults. The study showed an obese 20-year-old white male, (5’10”) and weighing (288 pounds) was estimated to lose 13 years of his life as a result of obesity. It’s well researched that a Western diet that leads to obesity, may actually act to stimulate the growth of cancer cells. It is never too late to improve your health through healthful eating and adopting a more healthy lifestyle. Here are some simple steps to follow which can make an immediate improvement to your health.
1. Check to see if you are overweight or obese.
To find out your BMI(Body Mass Index) you need to divide your weight in pounds by your height in square inches; then multiply the result by a conversion factor of 703. A BMI of 25 or more is considered overweight. is Here is the formula:
BMI = weight in pounds / [height in inches x height in inches] x 703.
2. Learn more about the Paleo Diet
Want to lose weight easily? Learn more about the Paleo Diet and how your ancestors ate. If you eat like they did not only will you be eating clean healthy food that can have you losing weight easily, it can help you heal your body too.
3. Color your diet with a large variety of colorful, cancer-fighting fruit and vegetables.
There are seven different color ranges of both fruit and vegetables, and by choosing between 5 to 9 daily servings from a wide range of fruit and vegetables, we are consuming cancer (and other diseases) fighting nutrients.
4. Eat lean protein with every meal.
Protein provides a powerful signal to the brain providing a longer feeling of fullness. The right source of protein is essential in controlling your hunger and necessary to maintain your lean muscle mass. Choices of protein should be lean meats, fish, and poultry. Grass fed and pasture raised is preferred.
5. Rev up your metabolism with activity.
If you want to enjoy a lifetime of well-being, exercise is a key ingredient. Thirty minutes of activity each day that takes as much effort as a brisk walk is recommended for adults. Children should be active for an hour each day.
Being overweight or obese has been identified next to smoking, as the most preventable major risk of developing cancer. Even small weight losses have been shown to have beneficial health effects. So it’s never too late to start, and you can never be too old to be concerned about your health and achieving a more healthy weight.